Category Archives: Folk Tale

Swords redrawn… #bookextract #fantasy

Some years ago, I published a fantasy novel, set in the magical landscape of Yorkshire. It was initially written to preserve some of the stories and folklore I had learned as a child, wandering the moors with my grandfather. From … Continue reading

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The Shreiking Womb…

* The Ulstermen were drinking in the house of Connavor’s Bard, Fedlimed mac Dall. Fedlimed’s wedd-woman, who happened to be full with child, was also in attendance. She passed round meat and drink and, when the house reached drunken uproar, … Continue reading

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The Laidley Wyrm… Stuart France

* I weird you a Laidly Worm, Until the end-of-days, And freed ne’er shall you be, Until the king’s successor, Approach the Heugh, And give you kisses three… * Before a legend ‘goes national’ it will first have been local. … Continue reading

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Bull-Coyote: Other…

* …Buffalo-Bull threw Coyote high into the air with his horns. When he came back down to earth Coyote was a Buffalo-Bull. Bull-Coyote wandered off into another field eating grass to his heart’s content and satisfying his hunger. Just then, … Continue reading

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Names Matter: vittles…

* …The king he were a comin’ down the street an he hard her sing, but what she sang he couldn’t hare, so he stopped and said: ‘What were that you was a singun of, maw’r?’… …The woman, she were … Continue reading

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Names Matter… Stuart France

“What’s your name? Why, it’s pudding and tame. And if you ask me again I’ll tell you the same.” Children’s Rhyme. Once there were a woman and she baked five pies. When they came out of the oven they was … Continue reading

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Tobias and the Angel: A dog called Toby…. Stuart France

Domingos Sequeira – Tobias heals the blindness of his father * … “On a recognised Pilgrimage route?” “Why not?” “Well, that would explain the presence of the two other Archangels in the paintings even though there is no mention of … Continue reading

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Tobias and the Angel… Stuart France

(Francesco Botticini) * The story of Tobias is told in the Book of Tobit in the Old Testament. The book of Tobit is part of the Catholic Old Testament but is considered apocryphal by Protestants and does not form part … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXXXV: The Knights Come Down to Drink…

We had already been sidetracked by St Edwold’s tiny church, but we were definitely on our way home now. Except, we thought that as we were passing, it would be a pity not to visit the little village of Sutton … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXXIX: Seeking Sanity…

For once we had the forethought to ask the lady in the church for directions to our next port of call… the Holy Well in St Cleer. After our almost accidental visit to the Holy Well at Madron that morning, … Continue reading

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